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Metta World Peace goes in on Stephen A. Smith for calling his era 'soft'

Metta World Peace (Image source: Instagram – @mettaworldpeace)

The current era of NBA basketball has gotten its fair share of criticism by former pro players, mostly from the 80s, and media pundits who all feel the talent therein is protected from egregious contact by the whistle and the rules.

Stephen A. Smith is among that legion of critics and expressed as much this week on ESPN’s “First Take.”

While making a point that called the legacy of LeBron James into question, in connection with Michael Jordan , Smith made it clear that, in his opinion, James does not deserve to be considered the greatest and should never be compared to Jordan.

In essence, he called a pantheon of players, which coincidentally includes Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest), “soft.” World Peace was diametrically opposed to that idea and expressed as much on his Twitter account.

Be that as it may, users had a field day chiming in, many of which provided hard-hitting examples as to why the 80s era of NBA basketball was perhaps the most physical ever.

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